South metro levy requests

  • Updated: November 1, 2011 - 3:02 PM

Here's what south-metro voters will consider in school districts with tax proposals on Nov. 8 ballots. Tax impacts are listed for levy requests that would increase taxes from current levels, and represent only the amount of the proposed increase.

BURNSVILLE-EAGAN-SAVAGE

The district is proposing a ten-year extension of an operating levy of $846 per pupil that raises about $10 million a year for the district.

CANNON FALLS

The district is proposing to replace a current operating levy of $500 per pupil, which expires in 2013, with one of $950 per pupil. With the increase, the new three-year levy would generate just over $1.3 million a year for the district. Annual tax impact: $88 per $100,000 of home value.

HASTINGS

The district proposes an eight-year extension of an operating levy of $690 per pupil. The levy, which expires after the current school year, raises about $3.8 million a year for the district.

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS

The district will ask voters three questions:

Question 1 proposes a 10-year extension of an operating levy of $480 per pupil that expires in 2013. The levy raises about $2 million a year for the district.

Question 2 proposes a 10-year capital projects levy that would raise about $700,000 a year for technology. Tax impact on a $200,000 home: $55 a year.

Question 3 proposes an operating levy of $372 per pupil for 10 years, raising $1.6 million a year to maintain class sizes and high school course options. Tax impact on a $200,000 home: $135 a year. Question 1 must pass for this one to pass.

NEW PRAGUE

The district proposes to replace an operating levy of $757 per pupil with one of $857 per pupil when the current levy expires in 2013. The existing levy raises about $3.1 million a year for the district; the increase would raise another $400,000. Annual tax impact: $24 per $100,000 of home value.

NORTHFIELD

The district will ask voters two questions:

Question 1 proposes to replace an existing operating levy of $1,270 per pupil with 10-year taxing authority of $1,604 per pupil to maintain programs and prevent budget cuts. The current levy, which expires in 2014, brings in about $5.4 million a year for the district; the increase of $334 per pupil would raise another $1.4 million a year. The new levy, which would give the district the maximum taxing authority allowed by law, would increase by the rate of inflation. Annual tax impact: $73 per $100,000 of home value.

Question 2 proposes a 10-year extension of an annual capital projects levy of $750,000 to replace technology and textbooks and maintain school facilities. Question 1 must pass for this one to pass.

WEST ST. PAUL-MENDOTA HEIGHTS-EAGAN

The district proposes to replace a current levy of $363 per pupil that expires next summer with one of $739 per pupil. The new 10-year levy, which would increase at the rate of inflation, would raise about $3.5 million a year to prevent budget cuts and invest in cost-saving programs.

Including other existing local taxes, the district would have the maximum operating levy authority allowed by law, with local approval to levy $1,597 per pupil. Annual tax impact: $35 per $100,000 of home value.

SARAH LEMAGIE

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